Back to the Future, the book is a great any fan of the movie, or newcomer. It gives more insight of each characters’ head. Great experience.
Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent 30 years into the past on a time travel adventure in a DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown. (IMDB)
Movie novelizations can be tricky. They ususally lack the kind of immersion an original book, or even the movie, have. But that is not the case here. Adapted from the original screenplay, this one has great character, environment and mood detail.
This piece is based on an earlier version of the movie script, so there are some scenes in the book that are not in the movie. For example, in the movie Marty is given detention, but we are never shown him in detention. The book shows Marty getting out of detention in a very ingenious way.
This book was written in a period, the 80’s, when novelizations were popular and better writers were hired for this type of job.
George Gipe that also wrote other adaptations of famous movies did an excellent job in immersing us into the minds of Marty McFly and all other characters in the fantastic trip along 30 years back and forth.
The plot zips us along with Marty with not a single boring moment. It thoroughly details an atmosphere that we’ve seen on screen so many times. It’s clearly a new way to experience a well-known adventure.
This work is an essential acquisition for any “Back To the Future” Fan.
Out of Print (why?), the book still has some new and used copies on the market. Besides being a good book, this novel is also a piece of memorabilia that many would be satisfied to show on the shelves. I’d hunt it down.
Author and Average Rating
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, George Gipe was an American magazine writer, author, and screenwriter.
He co-wrote Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982) and The Man With Two Brains screenplays, as well as two novels and five movie novelizations.
Gipe died in 1986 at the age of 53 as the result of an allergic reaction to a bee sting.